Jakarta’s capital, Indonesia, on March 24, opened the first subway system, an important step in addressing traffic congestion in this Southeast Asian busiest city.
The metro system in Jakarta is part of Indonesia’s major transportation project, with a total investment of about US $ 1.2 billion for Line 1.
President Joko Widodo and many officials attended the opening ceremony, marking Indonesia’s 35-year dream come true.
Indonesia began discussing the idea of building a Jakarta subway in the 1980s, and the construction project was started a few times later but stopped because of the political situation and difficulties in raising capital.
Approximately 1.2 billion USD is financed by Japanese direct development loan from JICA.
After 6 years of construction, this railway was officially put into operation. Tens of thousands of people attended proved very excited and eager to try going to the subway for the first time. It is expected that the metro line will be opened on March 25 and the train ticket will be free for the first week.
Line 1 system includes sections of underground and overhead roads with 13 stations, a transit point; of which there are 6 underground stations, 6 overhead stations and one terminal is the place for gathering, maintaining and repairing ships. The first route is 16km long from the roundabout of the city center, the Indonesian hotel to the end is Lebak Bulus, south of Jakarta.
This is one of Jakarta’s arterial roads and congestion is frequently caused by the dense density of vehicles. The Indonesian government estimates traffic congestion in the capital, with a population of over 10 million people, causing damage to the country about $ 5 billion annually.
The second line of the subway system was started immediately on March 24 and is scheduled to be completed by 2024.